Jan 202014
 
Red Kite V Meeting - January 2014

Once again, the weather contrived to cause problems, this time with flooding causing closures to both the Botley and the Abingdon Roads.  Despite this, the speakers and organisers and, more importantly cake and lunch (!) all arrived in time even though some of the delegates were unable come (for those who missed it, the program … Read the rest

Jan 012014
 
The International Year of Crystallography 2014

The UN designated International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 50th anniversary of the Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize and the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the … Read the rest

Nov 242013
 
Seville Master in Crystallography and Crystallization

The annual Masters in Crystallography and Crystallization is organised by Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, La Factoría de Cristalización, and CSIC (the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Scientificas). The core module of the course is hosted during October and November in Seville. Richard Cooper from Chem Cryst gave lectures and a workshop for two days on crystallographic … Read the rest

Nov 012013
 

In celebration of the Bragg centenary, a short animated film has been released which details the journey of X-ray crystallography from the work of Max von Laue right up to the present day. The film was produced for the Royal Institution as part of the Ri Crystallography Collection

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Sep 092013
 
Red Kite Meeting IV - September 2013

The fourth meeting of the Red Kite Network was held on Monday 9th September 2013, at Diamond Light Source.

The meeting included a tour of the synchrotron and a full programme of talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of synchrotron radiation as a structural probe.

Programme
1:15 pm Dr. Harriott Nowell (Diamond) Introduction … Read the rest

Aug 282013
 
ECM 2013

This year the European Crystsallographic Meeting was hosted in the UK for the first time since 1977. The meeting at the University of Warwick co-incided with the Bragg Centenary and included a fantastic collection of historical artefacts associated with the Braggs including scientific instruments, models, letters, portraits and notebooks organized by Mike Glazer and Pam … Read the rest

Aug 092013
 
ICCOSS 2013

The 21st International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State was held from 5th-9th August 2013 at St Catherine’s College in Oxford. ICCOSS deals with various aspects of the crystalline state and reactivity of organic and hybrid materials from preparation to characterization. It includes the investigation of crystal structures and supramolecular architectures, crystal … Read the rest

Jul 242013
 
ACA 2013 - Double Award Winners

The Annual Meeting of the American Crytsallographic Association was held from July 20-24 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The programme included a broad range of crystallographic topics on structure validation, materials for a sustainable future, structural enzymology, thin films, data mining, and neutron & synchrotron sources.

Karim Sutton represented Chem Cryst, and was awarded a Margaret C. … Read the rest

May 232013
 
Plants and Crystallography: Summer Science Strolls

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden has organised a series of guided science walks through the Botanic Garden this summer.

Richard Cooper will be leading the first walk on 30th May entitled “How Do we Know what Molecules Look Like?”  A rich variety of molecules occur naturally in plants and some have incredible properties: from … Read the rest

May 152013
 
Software Optimisation ToolsCrystallographic structure refinement can involve hundreds of millions of calculations for a single iteration of structure refinement. The following freely available tools help identify bottlenecks in software implementations, and allow testing of potentially faster algorithms and compiler options. A time-critical portion of code from the crystallographic refinement package CRYSTALS is analysed here.